It’s almost here! 6 months off work… let the gallivanting begin!
The idea of writing a blog is a bit daunting in this day of 140 character count but I did keep a diary when I went on exchange in Chile in 1993, so surely I must be able to engage that part of the brain again, and at least this time I don’t have to handwrite it!
I love the word ‘gallivanting’.. I just looked up the official meaning and it came back with two definitions:
1) To go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex
I’ve never found French men to be overly attractive, plus I have a husband and not sure how he would feel about that, so I guess that one is out..
2) To travel, roam, or move about for pleasure
That is exactly what I plan to do, whether it be from Mont Blanc to Montreux or from the kitchen to the lounge room, it is my goal to make the most of every opportunity and find happiness every day.
We have been planning this trip for a couple of years now, a lot of it formulated in places like our spa with a view in Santorini – how can you not sit here and wonder what it would be like to be on holidays for 6 months!
We also wondered the same thing many a time after few après drinks in Whistler
And we also spent every Saturday morning plotting at our favorite breakfast haunt in Darlinghurst
So what’s the plan?
First stop Perth early November
What a great place to ease into unemployment! My beautiful hometown where I plan to spend quality time with the fam, lie on the beach, and forget how to merge lanes.
It coincides with my nephew’s 7th birthday – he currently has no front teeth and has his hair long in braids because he wants to look like Legolas from lord of the rings.
Next onto the UK
More family catch ups including my darling nonagenarian Gran. A few days in hip & happening London, including catching The Book of Mormon which I’ve heard is hilarious.
We are then going to head North for a short road trip, inspired in part by the 2010 movie ‘The Trip’ where two comedians eat their way around Yorkshire & the Lakes district, and also a desire to visit the cute 8th century church in Heysham where my parents got married.
We purposefully start our trip in York on a Sunday so that I can find the best Sunday Roast and Yorkshire pudding! I thought we would drive back via Wales but really don’t know much about that area. I do like a good castle – suggestions anyone?
Then off to the mainland.
I’m going to catch up with my dear friend Johana who I met on a Peru ‘educational’ (free work junket) and who has since moved back to Prague.
We are going to spend my birthday in Salzburg doing the sound of music tour (Andrew is thrilled…)
Then we start a Christmas markets tour with Andrew’s mum that goes from Oberammergau to Wurzberg. I’m a travel agent and I’m embarrassed to say that haven’t heard of these towns, but I know I will love them because they are big on gingerbread and mulled wine.
And then our plans get less planned. We have rented an apartment in Annecy for 3.5 months! It is seriously beautiful – google it! Or just scroll back up and look at the main picture.
Why did we choose Annecy?
Like many people all over the world, there are so many aspects to French culture we love. The food, wine, music, cinema, history, architecture, the language, did I mention the food?
Even the cat’s number one choice of box is Le Creuset
We also love the snow, mountains, and snow boarding but didn’t want to stay in a transient ski resort with lots of other tourists. Annecy has four mountains within an hours drive so it definitely ticks that box.
So the plan is to go up to the mountains when the conditions suit, and then when they don’t, travel, eat cheese, and drink wine!
And this is where you come in! Most of my amazing friends & clients have done more gallivanting than myself in this area (referring to the second definition, although perhaps the first too?!?).
I would love any ideas, recommendations, advice on what we should do, where we should go, what we should eat, for these 3.5 months, so please leave your suggestions below. We have a car and a train pass so if you feel like there is something we shouldn’t miss, let me know!
If you were wondering what Mondeuse is, it is a red grape variety that comes from the Savoy (Annecy) area. Randomly enough I first heard of it on a wine tasting day trip in Canberra. The people at the Mount Majura vineyard also told me how to pronounce it so I can sound cultured to the locals. ‘Mondeuse rhymes with furs’
Maybe see if your bottle shop stocks it next time you are in and have a virtual drink with me!